Friday, 20 December 2013

Band/Artist Name:- Michael Charles Smith

Band/Artist Name:- Michael Charles Smith
Album Name: The Nutcracker Suite for Marimba Quartet

Music Style: Holiday/Classical/Marimba
Influences: Steve Reich

[Michael Charles Smith is a marimba soloist, classical percussionist, composer, singer-songwriter, and teacher currently residing in Portland, Oregon. As a classical percussionist he performs with Portland Columbia Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Portland Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing with Porltland Columbia Symphony, he is serving on the search committee for the new conductor and music director.

In addition to his own compositions for solo marimba, Michael covers everything from Bach to Radiohead and Ray Charles to George Gershwin, making him a hit with listeners of all ages.

Michael's last solo marimba record "Melodies for Wooden Children" has recieved rave reviews and been used in documentaries and commercials. He currently works as the composer for documentaries, working with such clients in New York as clothing designer Babette, InoGroup, New Amsterdam Market, and Intel here in Portland, Oregon. His music has also been used in documentaries for San Franciscocompanies Heath Ceramics, Bar Agricole, and Concreteworks.

Michael recently finished his new record "The Nutcracker Suite for Marimba Quartet" funded by people all over the world through Kickstarter. This album was recorded in Portland, Oregon on a marimba made locally by Peter Bush of Rosebush Marimbas.]

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